Hyped for Game of Thrones?

The release date for the final series has been announced, also spoilers

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Are you ready to see your favourite characters die?

By Joe Harker

The new trailer for Game of Thrones brought much rejoicing to fans of the show as it enters its eighth and final season, premiering on April 14. There will only be six episodes to tie up the story, though each will be over an hour long to make up for the lack of episodes.

David Nutter, one of the show's directors who traumatised audiences with season three's The Rains of Castamere, said the final series would see characters who hadn't interacted with each other for years finally reunite while some main characters that have never spoken to one another at all will finally meet.

The trailer itself shows three of the main characters, Jon Snow, Sansa Stark and Arya Stark, in the crypt of their home, Winterfell. Walking past the statue of their aunt Lyanna Stark (actually Jon's mother), a feather placed in her hand all the way back in the first episode by Robert Baratheon (that was 2011, feeling old?) falls to the ground. They pass statues of their parents, both prominent characters that got killed, and come face to face with their own at the end of the crypt.

The feather freezes as a layer of frost advances down the crypt. The White Walkers are coming and this trio of beloved characters we have followed since the first episode face the imminent prospect of death. Game of Thrones is a show with a reputation for major characters dying and most expect a significant portion of the cast not to make it to the end of the series.

Some watching the trailer believe showing the crypts of the Starks means Jon, Sansa and Arya will die, which will cause floods of tears from fans. Still, they're not the only main characters up for the chop and it's unlikely the much awaited attack from the White Walkers will pass by without claiming plenty of beloved fixtures in the show.

Several who have seen the trailer believe Jon's statue depicts him as an older man and have taken this to mean he will survive the final season, though that would also imply that Sansa and Arya, whose statues clearly depict their current selves, aren't going to be so lucky. If you're doing a deadpool on who isn't making it out alive Sansa and Arya might be worth a look in.

The aforementioned feather falling is also calling a stir. It was placed on the statue of Lyanna Stark by Robert Baratheon, her betrothed. He believed she had been abducted by Rhaegar Targaryen, brother of Daenerys and father of Jon, though revelations in season seven showed that wasn't the case.

Fans think it means Jon will finally learn the truth about his parentage, though he might have wished he found out sooner after having sex with Daenerys (his aunt, yuck) at the end of season seven. Only a few characters know who Jon's real parents are but at least two of them are at Winterfell so it's likely he will find out.

There's also one final issue to address since the trailer shows three of the surviving Stark children. Where's Bran?

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'Game of Thrones' trailer is a huge nod to longstanding fan theories

Fans are calling the new Game of Thrones trailer. . . cryptic (get it?!).

The Crypts of Winterfell, where the teaser takes place, notoriously holds major secrets, including Jon's true parentage. And the teaser feels like a heavy hint that even more of its secrets will be divulged in Season 8.

First, some background: The Crypts of Winterfell are the massive (even bigger than the castle itself), mysterious, ancient underground resting place for generations of Starks.

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